Czech Republic crosses 10,000 COVID-19 cases
The number of COVID-19 cases in Czechia exceeded 10,000 on Sunday, when 33 new cases appeared, raising the total to 10,024, with 7,226 patients (72 percent) having recovered and 329 died, according to the data the Health Ministry released after midnight today.
The first three cases of novel coronavirus appeared in the country on March 1, the first patient died on March 22. The number of cases reached 1,000 on March 21 and 5,000 two weeks later.
In late March and early April, the daily numbers of new confirmed cases crossed 300 on some days. Afterward, the government-imposed package of restrictions curbed the daily increases, which have exceeded 100 cases only twice since April 22.
Epidemiologists say there are only local COVID-19 epicenters in Czechia now, mainly in the Moravia-Silesia Region and the capital Prague. In most regions, no new cases appear massively anymore.
Experts from the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (UZIS) estimate that Czechia may have 11,000 – 11,400 cases of the infection by the end of June.
The daily increases in the number of new cases are influenced by the number of test samples, which is lower on weekend days than on working days.
The Sunday number is to be released by the ministry later this morning.
On Saturday, 1,200 samples were tested, the lowest number in three months.
A total of 496,417 samples have been tested in the country since the coronavirus epidemic outbreak in early March.
The number of those currently ill is 2,469. The course of the disease is mild in most of them, while 117 patients stay in the hospital, including 11 in serious condition.
The so far last death of a COVID-19 patient was reported on Friday.
The death toll is the highest, almost 100, in Prague, where the coronavirus incidence is also the highest out of all 14 Czech regions. Prague reports 2,321 cases of the disease, which is 178 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Moravia-Silesia follows with 1,841 cases, including 490 in the recent infection epicenter among the Darkov coal mine employees and their family members.
The South Bohemia and Vysocina regions have been afflicted the least of all, with less than 30 patients per 100,000 inhabitants in South Bohemia.